Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) was the leading exponent of the Pop Art movement in the U.S. in the 1960s. Following an early career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol achieved fame with his revolutionary series of silkscreened prints and paintings of familiar objects, such as Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe. Obsessed with popular culture, celebrity and advertising, Warhol created his slick, seemingly mass-produced images of everyday subject matter from his famed Factory studio in New York City. His use of mechanical methods of reproduction, notably the commercial technique of silk screening, wholly revolutionized art-making.
Working as an artist, but also director and producer, Warhol produced a number of avant-garde films in addition to managing the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founding Interview magazine. A central figure in the New York art scene until his untimely death in 1987, Warhol was notably also a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Marilyn Invitation (Castelli Graphics) was created as an announcement for the exhibition Andy Warhol: A Print Retrospective 1963-1981 on display from November 21 to December 22, 1981 at Castelli Gallery in New York. Along with his pop art images of Brillo boxes and Campbell’s soup cans, Warhol created celebrity portraits of famous icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Jane Fonda. Originally printed in the early 1960s, Marilyn became the quintessential pop icon in the Pop Art Movement and for Andy Warhol.
An original and rare hand signed screenprint in colour.
Lee Harvey Oswald was the American sniper who assassinated President Kennedy. Here, we see a close-up image of his face colored in bright pink. From the series of 11 screenprints created in 1968, depicting the media’s portrayal of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22nd, 1963. The title for the series derives from the phrase “news flash”. The screen prints are based on campaign posters, mass media photos, and advertisements. Warhol was obsessed with Kennedy’s assassination; he said “when President Kennedy was shot that fall, I heard the news over the radio while I was alone painting in my studio. I don’t think I missed a stroke. I wanted to know what was going on out there, but that was the extent of my reaction. I’d been thrilled about having Kennedy as president; he was handsome, young, smart-but it didn’t bother me that much that he was dead. What bothered me was the way television and radio were programming everybody to feel so sad. It seemed like no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t get away from the thing.”
From the limited edition book produced to accompany the exhibition of prints 'Reigning Queens' 1985. The work represented the four female monarchs reigning at the time of publication.
Andy Warhol has signed and dedicated the editioning page with a hand drawn dollar sign.
Stunning work with excellent provenance.
Five screenprints in colours, 1972, on Beckett High White paper, from the set of ten, unsigned, printed by Styria Studio, Inc. New York, with their stamp on the reverse, published by Castelli Graphics and Multiples, New York.
Each stamped with the artists monogram and the stamp of the estate of Andy Warhol.
Offered Framed to museum standards.
An Exhibition poster, for the exhibition 'Ordnung Wohnen' held in Hamburg, Germany in 1983.
An offset lithograph printed in colours.
Andy Warhol has boldly signed the work with his customary black sharpie.
An extremely rare and fine drawing by Andy Warhol.
Executed and signed in black marker on a piece of his "Andy Warhol Studio" (The Factory) letterhead.
Having come from a poor family in Pittsburgh Warhol openly confessed that he loved money, and it became a recurring motif in his work. As early as 1961 Warhol did a series of Dollar Bills, and 20 years later Warhol revisited the subject of money, this time focusing on the curvilinear form of the dollar sign itself. There is also another layer of meaning since the drawing serves as a reminder that pictures by brand name artists are metaphors for money, a fact certainly not lost on Warhol.
The sheet measures 21.5 x 28cm and is in perfect condition.
Sourced from the collection of the late rare book dealer and expert in Beat period literature, John McWhinnie.
This iconic LP cover was designed by Warhol for The Velvet Underground in 1967.
This is the uber rare peel-off banana skin edition which has then been signed in black marker pen by the artist , who has also stamped the sleeve five times with his 'Andy Warhol' blue ink stamp.
Warhol is credited as producer of the album however he had little direct influence beyond paying for the recording sessions.
A truly iconic Warhol work.
To be framed and glazed to museum standards.
A bold signature and doodle of a heart in black marker pen on the title page of his book ‘Exposures’
Signed at KramerBooks, New York on November 13th 1979.
A stunning promotional portfolio of 10 offset colour prints, on cream wove heavy card paper. Produced to advertise the limited edition portfolio of prints by Warhol of Mick Jagger,1975.
Each signed by Andy Warhol in felt-tip pen and numbered on the reverse, in original paper envelope, published by Castelli Graphics, New York
Each measuring 15.5 x 10.3cm.
From the first edition before facsimile signatures were added.